The VBR Team is utilizing technology and conducting business as seamlessly as possible remotely. The VBR office will remain temporarily closed due to a remodel.
- All VBR meetings will continue to run virtually.
- Members are encouraged to email or call if you need anything. For contact information click here.
The VBR Team is available and happy to help.
As we have new information and resources to share regarding COVID-19 we will update this section.
CAR Legal Bites: Colorado Association of Realtors®' General Counsel Scott Peterson discusses what you need to know as of November 13 about COVID-19 and real estate transactions in Colorado.
Eagle County updates public health order in response to increased disease spread
Eagle County is moving to level “Orange” on the state’s COVID-19 dial. The change requires updates to the local public health order to address increased disease spread in the community. The order continues to incorporate statewide orders in their entirety while including additional local requirements. Both changes will be effective as of 5 p.m. on Nov. 16.
It does mean additional capacity limits on restaurants, retail establishments, places of worship, gyms, group sports, and events.
COVID Update - Public Health Capacity
Case investigators are now beyond their capacity with over 100 cases reported in 2 days. They are now prioritizing case investigations based on age and occupation (if known), and potential outbreaks (if known), schools and child care. Once they work through the priority groups, they then contact the remaining cases.
Public Health is relying on everyone to act without waiting for public health intervention:
- If you are sick or test positive = isolate for 10 days.
If you are exposed to someone who has COVID-like symptoms or tests positive = quarantine at home for 14 days.
COVID Testing Locations
Visit one of these two COVID-19 Testing Site if you feel sick, but do not want to see a provider OR you are asymptomatic and have a known exposure.
• AVON - Colorado Mountain Medical Outdoor Trailer. Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm.
• VAIL - Vail Health Outdoor Trailer. 7 Days a week 8:30am - 4:30pm.
• Appointments are required. Please wait to be contacted with an appointment time before proceeding to the trailer.
Visit one of these clinics and see a provider if you feel sick and you do want to see a provider.
Click here to see how to schedule your appointments via email or phone based on your location preference.
If You Test Positive
If you test positive, don't wait for public health to call. Notify anyone you've had close contact with during the communicable period to quarantine 14 days from the date of their last exposure to you.
- Close Contact is defined as someone who was within 6' for 15 min or more.
Communicable period = 2 days before the onset of symptoms. If asymptomatic then 2 days before test collection.
Please know that Open Houses are now allowed. The State of Colorado has made allowances for Open Houses. Read more here 7/2/20
As a business in the community, We encourage you to check out the “Business Communication Guide” and the “Welcome Home” toolkit, which invites second homeowners to “come here, live here, stay here.” There has been a lot of work to support the recovery of our economy.
To reopen all businesses must create and visibly post a Social Distancing Protocol, explaining how the business is achieving all social distancing, sanitizing and cleaning, and other requirements.
Let the community know about your current business offerings. Vail Community Bulletin
Currently, Erica Kirk is the Chair of the real estate Private Sector Task Force groups.
Updated as things change:
The Division of Real Estate has issued additional guidance for all the items in the Safer At Home phase. It covers all questions of who should be doing what. We wanted to make sure you got this message from DORA and if you did not it is linked here.
Watch the Legal Bites video above from CAR General Counsel Scott Peterson discusses the state’s new 'Safer at Home' Order and Local County Updates. Also included are new Buyer & Seller COVID-19 Advisory Forms.
After hearing concerns from neighbors in the community, we have put together a “Safe Showing Pledge” marketing campaign to share all the extra precautions taken for showing properties by following the state “safer at home” guidelines. Watch the video above to learn more about it.
These guidelines ensure to protect the Vail Valley and Buyers and Sellers. Showing that we care and the REALTOR® value is an important message. We have images created for you to share in your marketing, on your social media, and a Facebook profile image frame that says, “I’m committed to the safe showing pledge.”
Join us in sharing with our neighbors your commitment to the “Safe Showing Pledge.”
View information to share in your marketing & social media for the Safe Showing Pledge
State of Colorado COVID-19 Information
Safer at Home - Third Amended Public Health Order. October 2020.
Eagle County guidelines do not specifically address real estate, which means that we should be following the state guidelines. We can't stress how important it is that the real estate community takes this seriously. Committing to following these guidelines ensures we don't move backward or get stricter regulations.
Please read through the 'Safer at home' order. We want to direct you to read page 5 "Section E" and page 18 "Appendix B." Real estate falls into "Field Services."
As we have moved to the new guidelines, real estate includes in-person real estate showings and marketing services, which must adhere to Social Distancing Requirements with cleaning and disinfection between each showing,.
Appendix B refers to the requirement that needs to be met to show the property for employing brokers and agents. A few items to point out are bullet-pointed below. Makes sure and read the entire list as these are the requirements for showing a property.
- Must wear mask and gloves & provide them to clients
- Monitor of agent symptoms and developing a policy for offices
- Maintaining a detailed log of contacts
- Cleaning and disinfecting between showings- (A good idea here would be to put a note in your showing instructions on how this is going to be coordinated.)
- Read full list
When it comes to showings, the best practice is to minimize "people within the same household" to attend, such as decision-makers.
COVID-19 Relief Resources
CARES Act & SBA Resources for Businesses:
Click here to view a separate page that breakdown all the resources available to the real estate and business community for relief for COVID-19.
The National Association of Realtors® is taking steps to support members through these uncertain times. The Right Tools, Right Now initiative makes new and existing NAR products and services available for FREE or at significant discounts – right now – and is available to REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations.
Upcoming Events & Training:
Every Monday: Managing in Uncertainty series
The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network is adding webinars on a daily basis to address common COVID-19 programs and to give you the opportunity to ask questions of industry experts. You can also find topics for startups, and also the weekly Managing in Uncertainty series (Mondays at Noon). Click here to see a list of webinars (updated daily).